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I think this article written in 2006 does not clearly explain Dr. Kittles 30% statement.
The statement I remember Dr. Kittles making at the May 2004 meeting of the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley (AAGGMV) was that approximately 25-30 % of Black American males tested have a Y-DNA Haplogroup which indicates a deep European male direct line lineage. (father's- father's-father's-father's, etc.)
I believe the article erred in not making the distinction between mtDNA (mitochondrial) for testing the direct lineage of an individual's mother and the Y-DNA testing for paternal lineage, also the article, written in 2006, doesn't reflect auDNA (autosomal DNA) testing now widely used by Black Americans, men & woman, to determine their African lineage. In defense of the article auDNA didn't become "popular & widely used" until a date later than 2006.
Mona, I hope this helps to explain the paragraph for you.
BTW, I fall into that 25-30 % of Black American males with a European Y-DNA haplogroup.
Description: Dr. Rick Kittles, Scientific Director of African Ancestry, Inc. addresses AAGGMV at its monthly meeting. Dr. Kittles was an authority on DNA and African American genealogy.
I read this paragraph and did not understand it. Can someone explain it to me please. It is from an article that was in USA Today.
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